The time of year is upon us where we begin to plan and upgrade our homes in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season. This is just another part of life in Florida. Along with the beautiful scenery, lifestyle and sunshine we must also embrace the potential for hurricanes. We are, after all, among the most hurricane prone areas in the United States. This is not something to detract from life in Florida, just a reality to be aware of and prepare for.
When speaking of hurricane proofing your home, the focus is normally on your windows, as it should be. Your windows themselves represent a significant investment, but they also protect the many investments inside your home. With hurricane force winds throwing debris at your home there is a good chance impact will sooner or later be taken by a window. Can your windows stand up to the challenge?
Hurricane windows are built and tested specifically to handle such a challenge. Several layers of glass are bonded together with plastic inter-layers which add significant strength. This structurally sound panel is then attached securely to reinforced frames with a flexible silicone adhesive. This special adhesive prevents them from popping out in the presence of strong winds or flying debris.
The extra rugged impact windows are not only durable enough to withstand a hurricane, but they also help keep your home thermally efficient. Compared to standard windows, they do a better job of locking in the warmth of your heater in the cooler months and the coolness of your AC in the warmer months. As you can imagine this helps keep heating and cooling bills down.
As you prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, consider upgrading to a stronger more durable window. We here at Florida Window and Door are happy to help you explore the different options for your home, and educate you on what’s important when selecting new windows for your home.